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Enchantment in Old Del Mar

Del Mar, CA, USA
  • Cottage1750 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, outdoor shower, beautiful patios

Here's your opportunity to experience being pampered, while maintaining your privacy at the Enchanted Cottage!

Located only three blocks from the beach and one block south of the beautiful Del Mar Plaza, you can enjoy all that the area has to offer without the crowds and mess of 'on-the-sand' properties! The cottage, (which is a NO SMOKING property), is completely landscaped with fountains, flowers, and fruit trees, and enclosed with custom fencing. There is a 'peek-of-the-ocean' view from the front of the house.

Indoors, you can relax with a 46' HD flat screen tv, or keep the children entertained with the Play Station 3.

From one of the front patios, you can relax in the porch swing savoring your morning coffee - all the while being entertained by the parade of locals, pets & tourists on their way to the beach or Starbucks! Or, head down to Starbucks yourself for coffee w/the locals (one block downhill) & enjoy the people parade there... In the evening have a glass of wine on the front terrace, sitting in wrought iron chairs by the warm glow of the chiminera - and watch the beautiful play of colors in the sky as the sun sets into the ocean (Yes, you can see the sunset from your front terrace!) Or walk to the Del Mar Plaza for dinner (Il Fornio, Pacifica del Mar, Epazotes - all have spectacular ocean views and spectacular menus)- just a block north...

The house itself is my personal retreat (although it's close to everything, it's very quiet) and has been in my possession for seven years now. During this time it has been completely renovated, and I continue to treat it like my 'baby'. The furnishings include a cheerful mix of antiques, wicker, French country pieces... the living room features a gas fireplace and overlooks the front gardens and 'peek-of-ocean' view.

The dining nook is just off the front entrance and also has windows overlooking the front garden area. The kitchen, located in the center of the cottage, has an arched pass-thru into the living room (so you can cook while still being part of the activities). Featured in the kitchen are a hand-painted floor, Viking appliances (range & dishwasher) in a light yellow ('lemonade' to Viking) and stainless steel. The east end of the kitchen merges into a glassed-in sitting/dining area opening onto the back courtyard and gardens; it is light & airy with sky-lights.

The master bedroom (the 'peach' bedroom) features painted French furnishings and has an extremely comfortable double 'pillow' (queen-size) bed; opening onto its own private atrium area, complete with fountain, ferns, and roses, it is very much a haven. Birds of all kinds visit and add their songs to the gardens. A full bathroom with glassed-in shower is adjacent.

On the other side of the house are two bedrooms and a separate bath, which includes a shower and large tub.

The back bedroom, (the 'green' bedroom) features an antique walnut double bed and dresser set with painted flowers. French doors opening onto the courtyard and gardens create a spacious and airy ambience. For your comfort, the famous 'Temprapedic' mattress (a double) is provided - one of the most comfortable mattresses on which I've ever slept!

The front bedroom (the 'blue' bedroom) contains a white wicker day bed which can be set up as a king, two twins, or one twin/daybed - each version contains a double layer of the'Temprapedic' toppers on top of the feather bed and mattress. Roses and fruit trees peek at you through the front window... The blue bedroom looks outon one of the front terraces and gardens and is the sunniest room in the cottage.

The house itself feels cozy, yet is spacious with an 'indoor-outdoor' feel, and is suitable for children and pets (the landscaping was designed with dogs in mind). The property is completely fenced, with gardens galore. The entire focus of my residence is of tranquility, relaxation, romance and laughter...

Everything possible will be done to customize your stay to fit your requirements - including a welcome package w/flowers & wine -or anything else you might need (including maid service for an additional charge). My wish for you is to truly have an enchanted experience at my cottage!

Keywords: Beach Cottage w/Fenced Yard


Sandra Sutherland Mavis

Member Since 2000
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Sandra Sutherland Mavis

Del Mar is one of my favorite places, and when I saw this property I fell in love with it. I love being able to walk to the beach, Del Mar Plaza, around the neighborhood...I love the quiet cozy feel of the area. This cottage has become a sanctuary for me and my friends, and hopefully it will be for you too.

Sandra Sutherland Mavis purchased this Cottage in 2000

Why Sandra Sutherland Mavis chose Del Mar

You can walk almost everywhere and still be in a quiet beautiful property!

What makes this Cottage unique

all one level, beautiful views of the neighborhood, garden and ocean


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), additional floor blow-up single mattress available for young children, adult


        • 2 Bathrooms
          • One bathroom has a glassed-in walk-in shower; the other has an oval bathtub, with an overhead shower

          Location Type

            • Ocean View
              peek of ocean view and close to beach and parks at 15th St. Just up from Starbucks on Camino del Mar
            • Village
              located in the 'historical' area of old Del Mar; one block up from the main street in a quiet established residential area; can walk to beach, parks, restaurants, shopping, library, spas, church, gym


                • Away From It All
                • Budget
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                          Cathedral ceiling with fan, bright and sunny has flat screen tv, stereo, fireplace
                        • Air Conditioning
                          A/c for Living area and one bedroom; portable a/c, fans, attic fan
                        • Garage
                          Space for one car
                        • Gas Fireplace
                          Brick fireplace
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Wall heating for entire house
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          sheets provided on beds, as well as an extra set in the closet
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Whirlpool Duet Dryer located inside the house
                        • Parking
                          Parking on street is available
                        • Parking Off Street
                          driveway, parking for one car and garage parking for one car
                        • Telephone
                          land line
                        • Towels Provided
                          beach towels and regulars towels provided as well as bathrobes
                        • Washing Machine
                          Whirlpool Duet Washer located inside house
                        • Wireless Internet
                        • Wood Stove
                          free standing wood stove, outside


                            • Microwave
                              Microwave, coffee bean grinder, electric can opener, toaster oven
                            • Coffee Maker
                              2 coffee makers, 1 French Press
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              several sets of everyday wear, one set of Noritake 'Garden' china; several sets of silverware; lots of utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                              Viking (Bausch) dishwasher
                            • Ice Maker
                            • Kitchen
                              Viking Dishwasher, Viking Stove
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Oven
                              Viking oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              coffee, herb and black teas, sugar, spices
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              Viking Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Charming garden view with large windows on 2 sides
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                      variety of books, library just 1/2 block away
                                    • CD Player
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      cards, puzzles, backgammon
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      46' Samsung flat screen tv; downstreaming available from Netflix; Play Station 3, 2nd tv on covered patio
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television
                                      46' Samsung flat screen Smart TV with cable; Netflix downstreaming
                                    • Toys
                                      beach toys available
                                    • VCR
                                    • Video Library
                                      Netflix available


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          2 front yard patios, overlooking garden and street; peek-of-ocean view; enjoy passersby with dogs etc. 1 private patio courtyard in back with fountains
                                        • Lanai / Gazebo
                                          a very private covered patio, walled in on 3 sides for reading, relaxing, entertaining with the 2nd tv
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Korean moss lawn, roses, fruit trees, lots of flowers, orchids
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          charcoal barbque; briquettes supplied; marble table for preparation


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible
                                              this is an older home (1950's) and unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • whale watching

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • 1750 SF of living space, Gas F/P, Cable TV (with PPV), VCR/DVD, CD&Tape Player, printer/copier, wireless, Viking Range & D/W, Kitchen & bathrooms fully stocked, Extra Linens & towels, Neptune W&D, 1-car Garage with parking for 1 more car in driveway, on-street parking, Temprapedic mattresses/double pillow mattress Charcoal Grill (BBQ), Chimineras, Covered Patio, Fountains, Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!, Queen, double & day bed(can be made into 2 twins or king or left as a daybed), Cottage has complete water filtration/purification system, outdoor shower with hot and cold water, Welcome package with flowers and wine, etc. NO SMOKING ON THE PROPERTY or INSIDE THE HOUSE

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  19 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Warm and Relaxing

                                                                  Richard S.

                                                                  Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Enchanted Cottage. The quiet and cozy location was a comfortable walk from the beach and main street Del Mar activities, while providing a convenient base from which we visited many areas of interest from San Diego to Los Angeles. Our hostess was accommodating, helpful and responsive, without being intrusive, and the many treats from the generous welcome gift basket were greatly appreciated and enjoyed. Thank you for a wonderfully relaxing week!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  It was lovely to have Richard and the Steckly family stay in The Enchanted Cottage. We love having such considerate ad kind guests!

                                                                  Enchanted cottage doesn't disappoint!

                                                                  Cheryl W.Bay Area, CA

                                                                  We had 4 adults in our party and we all loved the cottage. We were in Del Mar for the Breeders Cup. We could walk downtown and to the beach (easy access) and enjoyed close access to the track. The beds were comfy and the neighborhood is very quiet, even with everyone in town. We loved the goodies left for our weekend: snacks, wine, chocolate! Will definitely stay here again.

                                                                  So Many Ways to Relax

                                                                  Park W.Los Angeles, CA

                                                                  The Enchanted Cottage offered many different places--indoor and out--to relax. The ocean air was fresh and quiet. The gardens around the house are lovely places to drink coffee and read my sports.

                                                                  My only caveat: The air conditioner doesn't work, so open the doors and make use of the attic fan. Unfortunately, this will also attract flies to any open snacks in the house.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for the kind words although aim surprised about the air conditioner as it was working just fine when I was there last. I will definitely check it out. So sorry you were inconvenienced!

                                                                  Very nice cottage!

                                                                  A FamilyMiami

                                                                  Great cottage for a family vacation, and conveniently located. Walking down to the plaza for breakfast and walk to beach after was a great start to our day. We'll be back

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I love all my guests and the Anaker's were especially lovely! I love my cottage, it's easy location to all the fun in Del Mar - beaches, restaurants shops etc

                                                                  Very clean, comfortable and charming cottage - close to everything. Quiet neighborhood.

                                                                  Sandra M.

                                                                  Nice touches with the wine and flowers and welcome basket. Everyone is easy to deal with

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you! We love to have happy guests!

                                                                  Lovely Home in Old Del Mar

                                                                  Lisa E.Sacramento, ca

                                                                  We had a great visit at the Enchanted Cottage in Old Del Mar. The house is accurately portrayed in the photos, eclectic and quaint. It is EXTREMELY well stocked, easily the best stocked VRBO we have ever stayed at. We slept great, it was a treat to have three bedrooms (MUCH better than cramming in at a hotel). Even though it is a quick walk to the restaurants and shops in Old Del Mar the house is quiet at night. Every house has it's own rhythm, and this house is a "wake up early" kinda house, in the best sorta way, you roll over in bed and the sun is shining, the birds are singing, a breeze is coming in, you feel rested :), so you check the time, and it's 6:15 ...what?!, we don't have to get up, yay! Or you can get up, and sit for a bit relaxing in the garden, or happily get a jump on the day, or take an early walk to the beach to watch all the surfers (the beach is quite a walk away, uphill coming back). It's a great house to get some down time between adventures.


                                                                  Del Mar, CA, USA

                                                                  In Del Mar (within 1/2 to 3 blocks), boutique shopping, picnics in parks overlooking the beach (with lifeguards & restrooms) & children's play area in the lower park, Walks on beach & lovely walks thru the hills & canyons of Del Mar - w/o getting in your car! Drinks on terrace of the Del Mar Plaza watching the sunset, fine dining at numerous restaurants, concerts-in-the-park, the racetrack, Del Mar Fair during the summer, enjoy use of day spa at Inn L'Auberge (1 blk away), all water activities, Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Lego Land, Disneyland all w/in 1/2 to 2 hour's drive or less, theatres within 10 minutes or so


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Cleaning fee of $250-$450; additional pets are $75.00 each; see owner/contract for payment schedule (usually 3 payments) See owner/contract for cancellation policy/Minimum rate is $1195 + $250 cleaning/Minimum $100 fee for credit cards

                                                                  19 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.7/5
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